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HISTORY(R) launches its first annual “Car Week” beginning with the premiere of the three-night, six-hour event series, THE CARS THAT MADE AMERICA, hosted and executive produced by Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Sunday, August 13 at 8 PM ET/PT. The series uncovers the stories of the visionaries who built America’s car landscape, changing our culture and shaping our country forever.
“Cars are a huge part of what America was built on – industry, innovation and inspiration,” said Earnhardt Jr. “I am honored to be partnering with HISTORY as part of their event series ‘The Cars That Made America’ to educate viewers and car enthusiasts about one of my passions.”
The week will also premiere an all-new, two-hour special “Car Country” on Wednesday, August 16 at 8 PM ET/PT, which explores when America’s love of cars began. The week is hosted by NASCAR driver Brian Vickers. Airing across HISTORY’s digital platforms is the premiere of the new original short form series, “Best Car Ever,” celebrating America’s passion for cars and the nostalgia they evoke with interviews from celebrity car enthusiasts. Additionally, the line-up will include enhanced automotive themed episodes of hit series “Pawn Stars,” “American Pickers,” and “Counting Cars.”
“Through epic storytelling and a broad look into the history of cars, viewers will gain an unparalleled understanding of automobiles from their inception to a peek into the future,” said Paul Buccieri, President, A+E Studios and A+E Networks Portfolio Group. “From the names that we know to the iconic brands that we love, ‘Car Week’ is certain to take viewers on THE RIDE of their lives.”
A sampling of the “Car Week” programming slate includes:
“Car Country,” a two-hour special airing on Wednesday, August 16 at 8PM ET/PT highlighting America’s passionate relationship with the automobile. Beginning with the 1970s, the show takes viewers on a ride through the last 50 years of U.S. car culture, exploring how everything from politics to pop culture has affected the way Americans consume and love the automobile. Culminating with the cars of the future and what’s expected in 2020 and beyond, this special immerses car fanatics and novices alike in the lifestyle, technology, design, safety, luxury, trends and failures that defined each decade and paved the way for cars to come. “Car Country” is produced for HISTORY by Pilgrim Media Group.